Best Time To See Gorillas In Rwanda - Rwanda Safari

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  • Sep 07, 2022

When is the Best Time To Visit Rwanda to see gorillas? This is a common question for many travellers visiting Rwanda since mountain gorilla trekking is the most popular travel experience in the country.

Mountain Gorillas are only found in three countries: the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Uganda. You can find them in four different national parks: Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Volcanoes National Park, and Virunga National Park.

Every year, thousands of tourists visit these national parks solely to see these magnificent primates. Gorilla Trekking Rwanda is one of the most popular wildlife activities for visitors to Rwanda. When combined with a standard game drive to see wildlife or a canopy walk, you can have a truly unforgettable experience.

Best Time To Visit Rwanda Weather Wise

The dry season, from June to September, is the Best Time To Visit Rwanda. This is the best time to see the country’s undisputed highlight: the mountain gorilla.

These months are ideal for gorilla tracking in Volcanoes National Park and viewing Rwanda’s wildlife in general. During the dry season, when animal sightings are more frequent, golden monkeys, mountain gorillas, and habitat-tolerant animals like buffalo and elephants are all more visible.

In the dry season, you don’t have to worry about mist or overgrown vegetation. As a matter of fact, this is the best time to take good, clear photos of the countryside, physical features, and mountain gorillas.

Because Rwanda is so close to the Equator, temperatures rarely change throughout the year. The days are warm, with temperatures ranging from the late teens to the mid-twenties depending on location. Evenings can be cool, particularly at higher elevations.

The rainy seasons, which last from March to May and then again in November, are ideal for chimp tracking. It’s also more peaceful at that time.

Gorillas live in the rainforest so this will require you to bring waterproof clothing even during the drier months. This is also the busiest time of year in Rwanda. As a result, you should expect high costs.

Drawbacks Of The Dry Season

As great as it is, the dry season has its disadvantages. Traveling during this time period is generally more expensive. Gorilla permits are hard to come by, and booking last-minute gorilla tours is difficult.

Those hoping for an easier trek or to be assigned to a nearby gorilla group should avoid visiting during the dry season. If you want to see a specific gorilla group, we recommend booking your trip months in advance.

Otherwise, they will be taken by other travelers. Some people believe that going gorilla trekking during the dry season deprives nature lovers of the chance to admire the beautiful African countryside after the rains.


We hope this article answers your question of the Best Time To Visit Rwanda. Overall, the dry season is the best time to visit because it favors mountain gorilla tracking, one of the most popular Rwanda safari activities and attractions.

Visit Gazelle Safaris Africa today to experience the best Rwanda Safaris on offer. Our Rwanda Travel Guide will provide you with all of the information you need to plan a personalized vacation.


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